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Texas Wrongful Death Attorneys: Types of Damages Available in a Wrongful Death Action

      When a loved one dies unexpectedly, it leaves a tremendous emotional toll on the family members left behind.  It can also cause financial hardship as the death was not anticipated and all too often the deceased contributed greatly to household finances. 

      Wrongful death laws in each state are intended to ease the financial burden of survivors when the death of their loved one is due to negligence on the part of another person or entity. 

      It is important that the survivors of accident victims understand the different types of compensation or damages available in a wrongful death suit.  The following is an overview of wrongful death claims and the damages a wrongful death plaintiff may receive.

What is a wrongful death case?

      Wrongful death cases are civil actions brought by the survivors of people who died due to negligence or intentional acts.  Typically, the family members of deceased loved ones are eligible to bring the action. 

What are the categories of damages available in a wrongful death suit?

      The damages available in a wrongful death case can be divided into two broad categories defined by the time period involved.

      The first category of damages permits compensation for damages experienced by the deceased from the moment the moment of the negligent act that lead to death.  For instance, in a car accident, these damages would run from the time the crash occurred until the victim eventually died due to the injuries.  This period could be mere minutes, hours, or even weeks after the accident.  These damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, the deceased’s pain and suffering, and funeral and burial expenses. 

      The second category of damages includes those experienced by the family members of the deceased due to the death.  This category of damages is intended to compensate the family members of the deceased for their financial and other losses.  The laws in each state will indicate what specific damages are available and maximum limits for these categories. 

      Most state statutes indicate that these wrongful death damages are intended to replace the money the deceased would have earned had he or she been able to live according to his or her life expectancy.  It will generally include lost wages that would have been earned up to the victim’s likely age of retirement.

      Mental and emotional pain and suffering as well as loss of household support, love, and companionship are generally included in this category of damages. 

      Some states will also allow immediate family members, such as children or spouses, to bring an action for loss of consortium.  This action allows for compensation for the loss of the deceased’s love and companionship, as well as guidance, support, and mentoring, especially in the case of minor children. 

      Your wrongful death attorney will carefully examine your case and uncover all potential damages for which you may be eligible to receive.  He or she will then compile evidence in support of your requested damage amount. 

Zinda Law Group:  Fighting for Full Compensation for The Family Members of Deceased Loved Ones   

      The Texas Wrongful Death Attorneys at Zinda Law Group have assisted countless wrongful death plaintiffs across the state in receiving full compensation for the losses associated with the death of their loved one. Wrongful death awards often include damages for emotional pain and suffering, loss of income, loss of inheritance, funeral and burial expenses, exemplary damages, and much. 

      Call Zinda Law Group toll free at 800-863-5312 to schedule your free consultation with one of our talented and knowledgeable wrongful death attorneys.